For those of you who don’t know, I’ve led trips for high school kids for many years (this is my 12th summer to be exact) out in the western U.S. After I got home from a fairly long stint in ’08, I thought I was finished. For several reasons, that was a tough summer. And, after spending 11 years in a row getting on and off a bus, checking in and out of hotel rooms, staying up to the wee hours of the night, and rising at the crack of dawn, it was time for me to reclaim my summers. However, after two summers away (and an addiction that apparently needs a fix), I had the opportunity to run a short trip this year. I’ll be gone for 9 days and I’m looking forward to getting back out there…. because really, we live in a beautiful country (and well, the paycheck doesn’t hurt either).
Here are a couple photos from years past (it’s funny to think that the beginning of my time doing this work was before the digital age….those photos are printed and stored in photo albums in my basement):